A young Eugene man climbed the flagpole in front of the State Capitol Thursday morning and hung a protest banner that indicates opposition to the idea that timber sale proceeds should not be a major source for K-12 education. The sign he unfurled said “Schools vs Trees? We want both.”
Oregon State Police tried to talk Perry Graham down for nearly two hours. Finally, Graham lowered himself to the ground and into a set of handcuffs. A small number of Graham’s friends protested Graham’s arrest as he was led away and booked into the Marion County Jail on charges of Disorderly Conduct, Criminal Tresspass and Criminal Mischief.
Troopers say they are renting a lift platform that will allow the safe removal of Graham’s climbing gear and his sign.
Occupy Newport organizers say the next protest is scheduled for Wednesday, the 26th from 4-6pm at the intersection of Highways 101 and 20.
They ask participants to “please honor the local businesses by not parking in the JC Market parking lot. Please park across the street in the empty lot next to the old car dealership building.”
Following the protest at 6pm, occupy participants are invited to an “Occupy Congress” which will be held at Don Davis Park, at the foot of Olive Street in Nye Beach. There will be discussions about the country’s political and economic conditions and what can be done to improve both.
Lincoln City is officially joining the Occupy Wall Street movement. Today a group of residents spent part of the late afternoon and early evening hours making protest signs out of cardboard and sharpie pens. Organizer said they will be holding their inaugural “Occupy Lincoln City” protest at City Hall Thursday, from 5-7pm. They say they will be gathering outside city hall by the main entrance. There is no word of them actually entering the high rise building that also holds the Driftwood Library.
Occupy Newport, Hwy 101 @ 20
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Photos: Brad Taylor
Occupy Newport was back in full regalia Wednesday with signs and raised voices, looking for friendly waves and honking horns from those who share their call for re-aligning the country’s economy and tax structure. The Occupy Newport group gathered at Nye Beach and walked the half-mile to their favorite demonstration area of Highway 101 and Highway 20. The Occupy Wall Street spin-off movement has now migrated to other continents, including Europe, Asia, South America and across the U.S. A common theme is a call for citizens everywhere to realize that the globalization of the world economy has created a growing disparity in incomes between the very rich and everyone else. It has become a primary debate point in the current race for the White House.
Critics ridicule the movement as being frivolous and leaderless with only vague complaints about the economy. Other critics maintain that the movement deserves the country’s neglect and nothing more.
After the curbside demonstrations, they met in what they called a “General Assembly” and agreed that Occupy Newport protests will continue every Wednesday, 4-6pm at Coast Highway and Highway 20 and that General Assembly meetings will follow each demonstration. They will also conduct Occupy Newport demonstrations at the last few Newport Farmers Markets in front of Newport City Hall.
The organizers of Occupy Newport have sent out an e-mail and Facebook blast to alert residents that there is another Occupy Newport demonstration coming up Saturday, October 15th at Coast Highway and Highway 20, in front of JC Market. It will run from noon to 3pm. Bring your own signs or signs can be made to order for you.
Yet another demonstration is scheduled for next Wednesday, the 19th, starting with a street march from Nye Beach to Coast Highway at Olive and where the demonstration will continue. Participants are asked to gather at the Nye Beach Arch just before 4pm. Refreshments will be served to fortify the walkers for the journey up the hill to Coast Highway. After the marchers arrive at Coast Highway and Olive, the demonstration will continue through 6pm. All residents, or just interested persons, are invited to either watch or take part. Supporters say everyone is invited to share in a movement that seeks to change the political and economic course the country is currently on which they contend is killing the American Dream.
The Occupy movement originated with a group of protesters who marched and conducted a sit-in recently on Wall Street, protesting Wall Street’s role in the decline of the American economy and against government policies that Occupy supporters claim enrich the country’s super wealthy at the expense of a rapidly declining middle class. The movement has spread coast to coast, including to Hawaii. It’s been fueled largely by like-minded people who communicate via e-mail and Facebook, much like protests orchestrated in a number of Middle Eastern nations, which some have dubbed “The Arab Spring.” The Occupy movement has garnered both praise as well as ridicule from national political figures and major news organizations.
Many news organizations around the country are trying to gauge the significance of the “Occupy Wall Street” movement, the Los Angeles Times among them. Click here for their take on it.
About one hundred Newport area residents brought signs, made signs and waved signs at traffic passing by at the busy corner of Coast Highway and Highway 20 Wednesday. It was the manifestation of the “Occupy Wall Street” movement that has been sweeping the country with a common theme that there is something fundamentally wrong with America; the rich are getting fabulously rich while the middle class fades. They also point to very scarce jobs in the offing and the ones that are available are at wages far lower than anyone has seen in years. They say couple that with the wages of those still working basically stagnant for the past twenty years and “America has a problem.” They’re also angry at what they say is the banks being bailed out by the federal government while the middle class got sold out after the housing and credit default swap bubble popped loudly in in 2007. Here’s how the “Occupy Newport” rally went.